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Form from Form (Review)

UC exhibition celebrates the work of Charles Darwin

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Artists are a lot like scientists: They observe and collect, question and describe, experiment and record. They interpret what they've gathered, creating solutions to problems or theories that pose more questions — in physical, visual form. This concept was the impetus for the fabulous and thought-provoking exhibition 'Form from Form: Art from Discovery' at the University of Cincinnati.  

The Last Starfighter

Fairfield’s Arcade Legends keeps a video game tradition alive during tough times

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Time has not been good to the arcade game. In the last decade, the accelerated pace of take-home technology has unarguably established consoles like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360 as the video game’s dominant products, forcing the coin-operated game out of the market.  

The Zen and Art of Tattooing

Troy Coh says getting tattooed is like meditation

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
There's nothing quite like the experience of getting your first tattoo. People who haven't had the experience will commonly ask, "Does it hurt?" Yes, it hurts. But pain plays a relatively insignificant role in the tattoo process as a whole.  

Walls, Floors and Ceilings (Review)

Experiments in how art occupies space at Solway Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The ubiquity of Installation Art in museums and galleries for decades now suggests, perhaps incorrectly, that it's a widely understood concept. But Carl Solway Gallery's latest exhibition seems to act as an introduction to Installation Art practices, with 15 artists creating piles, puddles and wall treatments that in many cases boast attractive color schemes and intricate handwork.  

Menagerie of Meaning

Chinese animal paintings roar, leap and fly into the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
When is a tiger not just a tiger? An eagle more than an eagle? When they're painted as messages about social and political conditions, philosophies about leadership and cultural values. This was the case during the Chinese Imperial Court between the 11th and 19th centuries, when its painters used animals as symbols. Many of the meanings of these images had been lost, but Hou-Mei Sung, curator of Asian art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has rediscovered them.  

Art Is All Around Covington

Month-long Full Spectrum event sets out to prove city's well-rounded cultural worth

0 Comments · Monday, September 28, 2009
As Covington gets ready for Thursday's launch of its October-long Full Spectrum (a celebration of the arts intended to attract 10,000 or more visitors) it's positioning itself as a major regional cultural force. This is a move to bring overdue attention to the arts in a city traditionally overshadowed by its larger neighbor, Cincinnati, says Natalie Bowers, Covington Arts District director.  

Sharks, Symbols and Simulacra

Three exhibitions rich in imagery and narrative open the Weston Art Gallery's new season

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
In the Weston's first exhibitions of the season, Ryan Mulligan, Casey Riordan Millard and Michael Sharber reinforce the overt qualities of fantasy and illustration in one another's work while also calling attention to more understated emo-aesthetics and pseudo-spirituality. Their strength is allowing and controlling the bleed of their personal lives into their richly ambiguous terrains.  

Cooler than Cincinnati?

Moving to New York City means missing great work here

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Usually when September rolls around, I spend my time prepping an opening at Carl Solway Gallery and anticipating all the new fall exhibitions in town. This year, I’m also preparing for my move back to Brooklyn. While everyone knows New York is a cool town full of art, I’m not ready to admit that it’s any cooler than my Cincinnati.  

Country Club Going Cross Country

Extending its reach while leaving the West End

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
When I visited Country Club in the West End last week, it was bustling even though no other visitors were in the art gallery. Christian Strike, its owner, was too busy at his computer to talk. His Iconoclast Editions, an ancillary company headquartered in the West End gallery, had just that day issued a new, limited-run print by Shepard Fairey, the New York-based graphic artist who shot to fame with last year’s “Obama Hope” poster.  

Amateur Curation

Cincinnati Art Museum’s 4th Floor Award recognizes regional artists and arts patrons

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Artist Don Lambert, who wants his work to reach a wide public, is a perfect choice as the inaugural winner of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new 4th Floor Award. Don Lambert: Supernova Terra Firma, the first 4th Floor Award exhibition, has just opened in the museum’s Vance-Waddell gallery and remains up through Nov. 29.   

Creative Economics

State of the arts: Tightening belts and adapting in order to continue thriving

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Staff positions have taken the biggest hit as Cincinnati's arts and cultural institutions hunker down to survive the recession. Some organizations have adapted through deliberate attrition, while other belt-tightening measures have included shorter hours and curtailed programming. "It's a painful time," says Raphaela Platow, director of the Contemporary Arts Center. The bright side (surprisingly, there is one) is that attendance is up for many organizations.  

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

CAM, CAC, Taft and local galleries offer colorful seasons

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Expect a jam-packed fall season with a variety of colorful shows from the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum of Art, the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery, Country Club, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.  

The Chemistry of Color (Review)

Taft Museum showcases a variety of African-American artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The exhibition currently on view at the Taft Museum of Art, 'The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of African American Art,' highlights The artists who are essential to any history of African-American art. But, more than that, they're essential to the study of American Art.  

NUDE (Review)

Manifest Gallery offers fully exposed, playful, revealing show

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Looking for the right kind of art show to fill East Walnut Hills' Manifest Gallery during the hot days and nights of August, chief curator Jason Franz has decided to go NUDE. The show, an addition to the planned original season of eight exhibitions, opened Friday and continues through Sept. 11.  

All That Sparkles

Nathan Hurst’s new fashion line is edgy and heavily embellished

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In the past, I have noted the unique, handmade artistic fashions of Nathan Hurst at downtown parties like the Contemporary Art Center’s Contemporary Fridays. Hurst’s first artistic fashion show, Off with Their Heads, is this Friday at CS13, a new gallery and music venue in Over-the- Rhine.